Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Medical | By Sammy Miller

Tightening Cuban Relations Is Bad Policy and Bad for Democracy

Tightening Cuban Relations Is Bad Policy and Bad for Democracy

The new approach aims to tighten several of the travel and commercial policies that President Obama loosened over the last two years with the goal of curbing the flow of USA cash to the Cuban government, especially its military.

Reinaldo Escobar, editor of the independent digital news outlet 14ymedio, told VOA more openness is "very positive for Cuba", because it improves contact between Cubans and their relatives and friends in the US, and because it reduces diplomatic "threats, retaliation and misunderstandings".

Rubio has, for years, led the charge for toughening relations with Cuba.

"We are at an important moment in the relationship between the United States and Cuba", Sorenson said. Companies including agricultural equipment maker Deere & Co. and soybean processor Bunge Ltd., along with the federation, the biggest USA farmer group, have supported full farm trade.

Surely, after more than five decades we have learned that Cubans, proud of their revolution and their independence, will resist economic or military coercion.

Recovery in USA farm-good sales threatened by Trump tightening.

Obama argued that five decades of US trade sanctions had failed to achieve that goal or dislodge the Castros from power. Exports totaled $232 million past year. Williams, whose organization promotes the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington on Cuba, noted the results of a report recently drawn up by Engage Cuba, in conjunction with other groups, economists and experts. He said he would "stand with the Cuban people in their fight against communist oppression", and went on to win about half the Cuban vote in Florida in the presidential election. "The goal is to feed the world, with the government getting out of the way".

While U.S. citizens are not free to vacation in Cuba, Obama did relax travel restrictions.

Officials said the money which they infused into Cuba from U.S had increased the benefits of tourism and business deals. Even under trade restrictions, the USA was the country's leading source of imports from 2003 to 2012.

The figure, reported Tuesday by Cuba's ambassador to Washington, Jose Ramon Cabanas, is equal to the total USA visitor arrivals in all of 2016.

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A department spokesman told the AP that the agency has not reviewed or approved the ballot's language. The current territorial status option received 6,821 votes, or 1.32 percent.

The revised Cuba policy is aimed at stopping the flow of USA cash to the country's military and security services, the White House announced.

If you've already planned a trip, the officials said the new regulations will account for those situations, so those travelers may not be out of luck.

Trump, according to officials, decry the Castro regime for human rights abuses against peaceful activists and protesters and is expected to demand the extradition of Assata Shakur, a former member of the Black Panther Party who was convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper.

Since 2014, when Obama moved to re-establish normal diplomatic ties, agriculture groups have streamed south to scope out investment partners.

A person wearing a Donald Trump mask celebrates the death of Fidel Castro, Nov. 26, 2016, in the Little Havana area in Miami.

"Traditionally Cuba has been an enemy of the United States and an ally of Venezuela, Iran and Russian Federation that has done significant mischief", he said. Trump said he'd be "honored" to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Is there a clamor for a tougher approach on Cuba? Senators including Republicans Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Jeff Flake of Arizona, along with Democrats Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, introduced anti-embargo legislation last month. Cubans who make their way to the USA without authorization will still be returned to the island, just like unauthorized visitors from other countries.

A House bill limited to food exports would create an excise tax that would be used to compensate people whose properties were confiscated by Cuba's government.

Some Cubans have a different view. Cuba wants United States support to allow the telecommunication firms to work on their island.

The doggedness of the agriculture lobby itself may be its best hope of preserving market share, said William Messina, a professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Absolutely not. And the Cuban government should do more. "Out of respect for that, I don't think they'll make a big turn away".

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